The RSC Shakespeare : The Complete Works, Paperback

The RSC Shakespeare : The Complete Works Paperback

Edited by Jonathan Bate, Eric Rasmussen

Part of the The RSC Shakespeare series

4.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


This is the first and only edition to be developed by and for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the world's leading Shakespeare theatre company.

It is illustrated with photographs of performances chosen by RSC Directors.

It is beautifully packaged, with clear, reader-friendly single-column page design on crisp white paper.

It features outstanding on-page notes which explain words and phrases unfamiliar to a modern audience, including the slang, political references and bawdy humour often ignored or censored in competing editions.

It is a definitive modern-spelling edition of Shakespeare's text based on the 1623 First Folio.

It is suitable for undergraduates or A-level students of Literature or Drama; lecturers or teachers of Literature or Drama.It is also suitable as birthday, christmas, wedding or graduation gifts.

It is useful in Public Libraries, Academic Libraries, School Libraries.Developed in partnership with The Royal Shakespeare Company, this fresh new Complete Works combines the very latest scholarship with elegant writing and design. Leading the editorial team is renowned Shakespearean scholar Professor Jonathan Bate who has worked in close collaboration over many years with the artists and archivists at the RSC.

His introductions and notes draw on a unique wealth of experience and resources and will help the reader to understand Shakespeare's plays as they were originally intended - as living theatre to be enjoyed and performed.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 2552 pages, Illustrations, ports.
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Shakespeare plays
  • ISBN: 9780230200951



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While my preference is for reading Shakespeare's works in individual editions, it is quite convenient to have a collected set in one volume. This edition has fairly extensive glosses and introductory essays, which go a long way towards remedying the deficiencies usually found in complete works editions. Although the paper is very fine, the book doesn't feel too flimsy and it seems like it ought to last reasonably well. It's certainly a lot cheaper and takes up less space than collecting all the works individually!

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